Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will lead the field to green in the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after winning the pole in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Pole Qualifying. He captured the pole with a speed of 122.421 mph. This is back-to-back pole awards for the driver of the No. 20 at Richmond, and the 20th of his career.
Kenseth will be joined on the front row by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin. Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, and Martin Truex Jr. round out the top five. Kenseth will be looking to lock himself into the playoffs with one final shot at a victory. He currently sits 15th in the playoff standings. In addition to trying to secure a playoff spot, Kenseth is helping with hurricane relief efforts by sporting an American Red Cross paint scheme at Richmond.
Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) is partnering with Toyota Financial Services (TFS), The Friedkin Group, Gulf States Toyota (GST) and Toyota and Lexus dealers nationwide, to provide a combined relief effort of over $3 million to serve the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The group’s relief efforts include funds to organizations such as the SBP and American Red Cross, matching contributions, in-kind donations, volunteerism, and the donation of pre-owned vehicles.
“It drove really good the first practice,” said Matt Kenseth. “But it was real cool out and there was a lot of rubber on the track and as the day went on we got worse and worse, so it’s a night race tomorrow night, so I’m hoping that the track is more like it was this morning. We seemed to have good speed and good balance, so this is a great start to the weekend. Just hope for the best tomorrow.”
Earlier today, Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, captured the pole in #ThanksFans Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. He will lead the field to green in the Virginia529 College Savings 250. He won the pole with a speed of 119.268 mph. This marks his sixth pole at Richmond.
Busch will be joined on the front row by Brennan Poole. Brad Keselowski, Cole Custer, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. These drivers and the remaining drivers of the top ten will be joined by local youth drivers as part of the Racing Virginia initiative.
The Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race will go green at 7:44 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m., the sport’s best take to the track for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race as NASCAR crowns 2017 Regular Season Champion.
Tickets are available now for both races and can be purchased online at richmondraceway.com or by calling the Richmond Ticket Office, toll-free, at 866-455-7223.